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Don Awerkamp is a partner in the law firm of Awerkamp & Bonilla, PLC. He has represented employees since 1983, and for the past twenty years his practice has been almost exclusively in the area of employment and labor law. He provides representation for private and government employees in most forums, including State and federal trial and appellate courts, the National Labor Relations Board, merit commissions of city, county, state, and federal governments, and other administrative agencies. He also provides advice and representation to employer clients giving him a dual perspective.


Mr. Awerkamp chaired the State Bar of Arizona Labor and Employment Law Section in 1995-1996. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. He served for many years on the Court Rules Committee for Pima County. He served for eleven years on the National Board of Directors of the American Lung Association and has chaired the Board of the American Lung Association of the Southwest. He has also served on the Boards of the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf and the Arizona Center for Disability Law.


Before receiving his J.D. degree from the University of Arizona and becoming an attorney in 1982, Mr. Awerkamp received a M.A. degree from Duquesne University in 1969 and a Ph.D. degree from De Paul University in 1974 and taught philosophy. He has frequently given presentations on employment law issues for the State Bar of Arizona, the University of Arizona College of Law, and various other organizations. He is also one of the authors for the Arizona Employment Law Handbook. He has served as an expert witness on employment law issues in litigation and has provided expert testimony before the Arizona Legislature on employee whistle blowing.

For more than a dozen years Mr. Awerkamp has been rated A-V by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating as provided by fellow lawyers. Mr. Awerkamp is also listed in Best Lawyers in America for employment lawyers and has been selected its 2012 Tucson Employment Law - Individuals Lawyer of the Year and its 2014 Tucson Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the year.  Since Tucson Lifestyle Magazine began listing Tucson's Top Lawyers Mr. Awerkamp has been listed for Labor and Employment Law and he is the only attorney it has listed for Civil Rights Law.  Since 2007 Mr. Awerkamp has also been listed by Southwest Super Lawyers for Employment and Labor Law.


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  1. Employment: 100%
    33 years


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  • Peter D Axelrod

    Don Awerkamp is a skilled and experienced attorney in the filed of Employment/Labor Law. I strongly endorse him.


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Awerkamp & Bonilla, PLC

6891 N Oracle Road, Suite 155
Tucson, AZ, 85704


AZActive 198203/29/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2014
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2012
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAwerkamp & Bonilla, PLC2008 - Present
AttorneyRaven, Awerkamp & Clancy, PC1989 - 2007
AttorneyGlicksman & Awerkamp, PC1983 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1987 - Present
American Lung AssociationBoard of Directors2001 - 2013
State Bar of Arizona, Employment and Labor Law SectionChair1995 - 1996
Arizona Center for Disability LawBoard of Directors1993 - 1999
Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona Employment Law HandbookForms of Verdict2007
Revisionist PressEmmanuel Levinas: Ethics & Politics1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
DePaul University College of LawPhilosophyPhD - Doctorate1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual SeminarHelping Employees with Restrictive Covenants2009
Continuing Legal Education LuncheonCriminal Convictions and Employment2008
Arizona Employment Lawyers Association Annual ConventionNotices of Claim after Dubes, Deer Valley, McCloud, Harris and Mabery Ranch2008